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Goudy - Grant Creek - Ash Waterfall Loop, AZ 
Goudy - Grant Creek - Ash Waterfall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2012
joebartels
Hiking20.22 Miles 5,953 AEG
Hiking20.22 Miles   10 Hrs   38 Mns   2.34 mph
5,953 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Grant Goudy Ridge Trail # 310
Our loop started on #310 which would be the only new territory for myself. I figured this one gets overlooked as most driving the distance are probably looking for pine covered trails up top in the cool temps. It is a little overgrown but not much. It seems well used and well designed. The best part being the views. I was at the back of the pack all the way down taking photos.

Grant Creek Trail #305
5 years ago on a hike with Preston and Nick we saw a bear on a one-way shuttle down. Today with Denny and Bruce going up we didn't get so "lucky". Likely due to wildlife's natural instinct to ascend when encountered. Nevertheless an excellent trail segment in my opinion. You have life zones, canyon shade at the bottom when it's most needed and distant views in the upper end.

Ash Creek Trail #307
This one was lightly penciled in based on time and energy reserves. It is typically deemed one of the favorites. Preston and I enjoyed this in prime six years ago with warm light on a brisk Autumn morning. So for myself this was a let down in hazy afternoon shadows.

Ash Creek Trail Bypass #307A
Stepping off the Ash Creek Waterfall perch I experienced something I haven't felt for some time. Yep you guessed it, the single smacking splat of a heavy rain drop. Anyone that's been around knows the difference between a teasing rain drop and a warning rain drop. This one meant business.

It did offer a small time frame to get the camera(only concern) packed away and head out but not much. My pack soaks through pretty quick so time was of the essence. I decided to forgo the creek route as I didn't want to be anywhere near slippery rock that humbled me back in 2006. Bypass was the ticket. I did what I could. After a mile and a half I decided it was best to hunker down under a tree. There must have been an angel nearby as the rain let up after a short break. Starring at my feet I got off track and found myself in unfamiliar territory. I guess it was the Bible Camp. In the end it all worked out.

Denny Andretti guided the flying focus down the mountain and home safely!
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